The Future of Global Food Production – Part 1
Population growth often connects with the global food production sector, and food production worldwide has been on a rapid rise than population growth since the 1960s. But this achievement has come at a considerable price among the following:
Food systems are already using up a lot of the planet’s limited resources and wasting a lot of food.
Contemporary diets contribute to early death and increased vulnerability to infectious and chronic diseases.
Disparities associated with food systems, such as food insecurity and the struggle for satisfactory living conditions, still exist.
Status of Global Food Production and Growing Population
The expanding population must be fed in a healthy, fair, and sustainable way to secure a healthier life for humanity and the earth.
With an increase in food production, an estimated 924 million people globally still go hungry, which constitutes about 11% of the world population, despite the recent improvements in the number of undernourished individuals.
World hunger is rising after its decline over a decade ago, which affects around 10% of the population globally. Between 2019 and 2022, the rapidly increasing undernourished population was reported to be 150 million.
The figures resulted from the effects of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Many factors, including economic recessions, insurgencies, humanitarian crises, epidemics, insect infestations, and the adverse effects of climate change, such as drought and extreme weather, have contributed to the halt in worldwide progress against undernourishment.
Despite the increase in food production, millions worldwide suffer from hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition because they cannot afford adequate diets that would satisfy their dietary and nutrient requirements.
The cost of maintaining a balanced diet frequently exceeds the daily international poverty limit purchasing power parity. According to estimates, more than 3 billion people worldwide cannot afford healthy and sustained diets.
Challenges of the Global Food System
The worldwide production, processing, and distribution of food can all be considered part of the global food system. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) describes the four elements of food security for a human within this global food system as follows:
However, many challenges in the existing global food system hinder appropriate food security for everyone, impacting the individual and the ecosystem worldwide.
Below are some of the top influential challenges that affect the global food system.
Continues on Part 2….
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